Pieces of a Myanmar military plane which went missing with more than 100 soldiers and family members aboard have been found in the Andaman Sea.
Speaking to AFP, an Air Force official said that a navy search and rescue ship had found pieces of the plane in the sea an hour’s flight south of Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial capital.
The plane was a Y-8F-200 four-engine turboprop, a Chinese-made model still commonly used by Myanmar’s military for transporting cargo. The army said it was delivered in March last year and had logged 809 flying hours.
A former executive at the aviation ministry said many of the aircraft in Myanmar’s fleet were old and decrepit.
“Myanmar air force has very bad safety performance,” he said, asking to remain nameless.
Myanmar’s military fleet has a chequered recent history of plane crashes.